Tone2 Audiosoftware has released version 2.1 of Electra2, a synthesizer workstation instrument for Windows and Mac.

Tone2 Electra2

This major update comes with a huge number of new features and enhancements like two high-end vocoder modules or an authentic emulation of the famous supersaw/hypersaw osciallators.

Changes in Electa2 v2.1

  • New Ultrasaw oscillators (PW controls detuning):
    • 4 new oscs ‘Hypersaw Vir 3x-9x’ which can sound like a very popular hardware synthesizer.
    • New osc ‘Supersaw JP’ which has been inspired by another famous synthesizer.
    • New osc ‘Supersaw clean’ (same as above, but without disharmonic aliasing).
    • New osc ‘Supernoise’ with a lush and creamy sound.
    • New osc ‘Hypersquare 9x’ with 9 detuned squarewaves.
    • New osc ‘Hypernoise 9x’ with a lush and creamy sound.
  • New effects:
    • Vocoder Pro is a high-end vocoder with 20 bands. The design is an enhanced version of a legendary hardware Vocoder unit, which costs more than $5000.
    • Vocoder SVC has been inspired by another very famous and hard-to-get unit.
  • New features:
    • The effect parameters of all 4 insert effects can be modulated with the matrix. This can be used to create very unique sounds. Please note that not all possible routings make sense.
    • Additional matrix target ‘FX Mix’ controls the dry/wet level of the insert effect.
    • Additional matrix targets ‘FX Par1-4’ control the effect parameters.
    • The new sound mode ‘scientific’ turns Electra2 into a precise signal generator.
    • The new sound mode ‘LowCut 140Hz’ cleans up the mix by removing low frequencies from Pads, Keys and Leads.
    • The new sound mode ‘HighCut analog’ simulates the muffled sound of analog synths and cleans up the mix by removing high frequencies from bass sounds.
    • Additional patches which use the Supersaw OSCs: Electra 2.1 now ships with 1240 sounds.
  • Enhanced sound:
    • The Vocoder effect has been replaced by an enhanced one.
    • Smart oversampling of the existing Ultrasaw osciallators.
    • More linear frequency response.
    • Replaced ‘Reverb Hall’ and ‘Reverb Room’ with better sounding algorithms.
    • High frequencies of ‘Delay’ and ‘PingPong’ effect.
  • Enhanced GUI & interface:
    • Mousewheel support for patch browser.
    • Better performance when patch browser is open.
    • Midi CC assignments are shown on top of the knobs.
    • Midi learn is more intuitive to use (right click on a knob).
    • Menus are not longer closed automatically after 10 seconds.
    • Display of the new Ultrasaw oscs shows spread.
    • Switching synthesis mode does auto-set PW to a useful value.
  • Further enhancements:
    • Reduced RAM use by 30%. This allows to load 4 additional instances in 32 bit mode.
    • Faster loading of patches.
    • Reduced CPU use on patch loading.
  • Bug fixes:
    • Fixed a problem with the LFO sync in song mode which could appear in some hosts.
    • Fixed a rarely appearing crash after loading a patch and then selecting ‘init’->’reset all’.
    • Fixed a problem with saving the midi learn configuration when several instances were opened and closed at the same time.
    • Fixed a possible GUI glitch after loading a patch.
    • Fixed a possible crash which could happen with some very old hosts.
    • Fixed a problem that could happen if tone was routed in the matrix.
    • Background grid of step lfo was not displayed correctly.
    • Fixed a bug in ‘Loudness’ where high frequencies were boosted in a slightly incorrect way.
    • Dialog box was opened twice if a double click was used to load a wav to osc.
  • Changes:
    • Renamed ‘Loudness’ to ‘Dynamic loud’.
    • Renamed ‘Bass boost’ to ‘Dynamic bass’.
    • Renamed ‘Analog’ to ‘Bass boost’.
    • Renamed ‘Psychoacoust.’ to ‘Loudness’.

Electra2 for Windows and Mac (VST/AU/standalone) is available for purchase for 149 EUR.

More information: Tone2 / Electra2